Bimbo Bakeries USA will need to pay $131,216 in back pay and interest to 134 female applicants at its Bellevue, Ne. baking facility. That’s according to the U.S. Department of Labor, which found during a compliance review, that the company discriminated against female applicants who were applying to work as bakers and loaders, positions which are classified as jobbers.
The agency’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) determined the Bellevue plant violated Executive Order 11246, which prohibits federal contractors from discriminating in employment based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin. The Nebraska facility, which is a subsidiary of Horsham, PA-based Bimbo Bakeries USA, has contracts for services with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Defense Logistics Agency, and the Federal Bureau of Prisons, among other government agencies.
Bimbo Bakeries has denied the allegations and has agreed to offer jobs to seven female applicants and provide training to managers, supervisors and other company officials who oversee hiring decisions to ensure its hiring policies and procedures are free from discrimination.